PARENT RESOURCES
LIFE AT HOME

Preparing the Environment - Insights from longtime Montessori writer and innovator Susan Mayclin Stephenson about navigating the world of children’s toys and products, and what's best suited for children at each stage of development. This article is provided by Michael Olaf Montessori—find more at www.michaelolaf.net.

 

Preparing a Supportive Environment - An article by Laurie Adams, Toddler Guide from Vancouver Montessori School, on arranging your home environment to honor the young child.

 

Montessori Messages about Practical Life Activities in the Home - In Montessori, "practical life" refers to the activities and skills of everyday life, from putting on shoes to wiping up a spill. A set of three articles by Sue Pritzker, Dawn Cowan, and Merri Baehr Whipps on providing clear boundaries and expectations, incorporating practical life at home, and common obstacles to practical life. For more information on practical life, see this article from Montessori Guide.

Handling the Holidays - A guide for parents by Sarah Werner Andrews, AMI Trainer at the Montessori Institute Northwest.

Little Celebrations - Virginia Stone Rogers writes about being mindful of holiday upheaval and how to discuss traditions with your young ones.

 

Mealtime Messes - Maren Schmidt’s resource for parents on the joys and challenges of establishing dinnertime routines.

 


The Relationship of Responsibility and Independence  - An article by Jeffrey Friedman discussing the development of independence and appropriate responsibilities at home for children ages 2 through 6.

OTHER MEDIA

Unplug the Christmas Machine by Jo Robinson and Jean Staeheli, 1991. A book about navigating everything to do with the holiday season.

 


When It Comes To Kids, Is All Screen Time Equal? - An interview with Dr. Dimitri Christakis from Oregon Public Broadcasting. This 12 minute audio segment discusses research findings on screen time effects on language, cognitive development, and attention in early childhood. Or, watch Dr. Christakis' TedX video here.